Washington County Extension agent Semler wins award

July 31, 2012
  • Jeff Semler, University of Maryland Extension educator for Washington County
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Jeff Semler, University of Maryland Extension educator in Washington County, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, Agriculture Marketing, recently recognized Jeff Semler for winning a national award. Semler received the Distinguished Service Award July 18 from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during the association’s annual meeting and professional improvement conference in Charleston, S.C.

He was one of several honorees who represented the top 2 percent of the association’s membership chosen by their peers and the director of Extension.

Semler is a University of Maryland Extension educator focusing on agriculture and natural resources in Washington County.

His award citation reads: “Jeff works in Washington County, one of the largest agricultural communities in Maryland, a state with a growing suburban population. He has built his program around the traditional commodities of dairy, beef, row crops and forage, now extending his outreach to assist part-time farmers. Jeff is co-leader of the Western Maryland Meat Goat Performance test and the Maryland Grazers Network. Having spent 17 years working in youth development, Jeff continues coaching 4-H dairy cattle judging teams.”

Semler is a native of Washington County, where he was active in 4-H as a youth and graduated from Williamsport High School. He is an alumnus of West Virginia University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science.

In addition, Semler holds a master’s degree in animal science from the University of Connecticut, where his emphasis was the physiology of reproduction.

He began his career with the University of Maryland Extension as a 4-H educator in Baltimore County in October 1988. In 1992, he was transferred to Harford County, where he continued to work with the 4-H program. Semler has been in his current role in Washington County since December 1996.

His teaching goals include strengthening the profitability of agriculture in Washington County and increasing agricultural literacy.

Semler writes a farm column for The Herald-Mail.

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